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Executive Officers 

WE ARE HIRING (posted 3/10/23)

The Collective for Hope Executive Director Search

The Board of Directors is hiring an Executive Director for the Collective for Hope. The new Executive Director will lead a growing organization that is known throughout Omaha for its effective grief support programming. The ideal new leader of the Collective for Hope will be a collaborative leader who has significant nonprofit management experience including fundraising skills.

The Collective for Hope combines the strength of its program brands and co-located services to lead response to loss, elevate the value of grief companionship, and promote healthy survivorship. Their vision is that no one has to grieve alone. The agency provides compassionate free grief support programs as well as professional education and training. They support their program participants of all ages and partners by providing peer support groups, day camps, overnight retreats, educational workshops, and technical assistance.

Application Details


Finance / Operations

Anica Marcum, Director of Operations (she/her)


The Collective for Hope has had a special place in Anica’s heart since 2009, when she was part of Ted E. Bear Hollow’s first Young Adults Group (YAG). From the moment she first started receiving services, she looked for opportunities to volunteer and join the staff. Often referred to as the agency’s glue, Anica’s rich background in customer service and financial processing has been a gift to the agency. She now coordinates a majority of the organization’s operations, including support services for the partner-tenants joining The Collective for Hope on its new campus. 



Sandy Lemen, Director of Programs (she/her)


Sandy Lemen joined The Collective for Hope after more than a decade in customer service and project management at The Knot and The Bump. She is also the proud artist/owner of a small business that produces bereavement jewelry and gifts. Her volunteerism, prior to joining The Collective for Hope’s team, included work at a variety of hospice agencies. Sandy has a big heart and a great talent for supporting the staff, contractors, and volunteers in her charge. You’ll find her managing the majority of the agency’s program contractors and volunteers, when she’s not curating/developing the agency’s Gifts of Hope.


Marketing, Outreach, & Development

Abbey Loughman, Development and Marketing Manager


Abbey first walked through the doors of The Collective for Hope before it was The Collective for Hope. In 2001, Abbey was part of one of the first Ted E. Bear Hollow summer day camps, after losing her mom. Although the years passed by, the memory of that group stuck with her throughout her life- which led her to our doors again as an adult eager to serve and support our mission. With her background in customer service and marketing management, she is bringing not only heart but experience with her to The Collective to continue the growth of the mission.



Program Contractors

Kristin Erickson, PhD, LIMHP, Self-Care Saturdays Coordinator


Wendy Hill, Administrative Assistant


Breina Romero, Spanish Language Support Services and Immigration Loss Support Group Coordinator


Tanya Shute-Kady, Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group Coordinator


Rebecca Nichols, LMHP, Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group Coordinator


Zak Courtney and Zach Schaffer, Band of the Strong



Natalie Wallace/PJ Morgan Event Management